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American Idol shakeups have only just begun. Following Steven Tyler's departure from the hit singing competition, singer Jennifer Lopez revealed during an emotional phone call to On Air With Ryan Seacrest that she is leaving, too.

While Lopez hasn't officially confirmed the news, Idol fans have been buzzing about replacement judges. Celebuzz readers sounded off on Twitter and Facebook, pleading their case for who they want to see fill their seats on the hit singing competition.

Who made the list? Click through the gallery to find out.

As Celebuzz previously reported, in a somber Tweet Friday afternoon, Ryan Seacrest confirmed that once and for all that, yes, Jennifer Lopez is leaving American Idol.

“Just confirmed w/ @JLo she’s made up her mind…will leave idol. :( gonna miss her,” he wrote.

During her interview on the radio show, Lopez told Seacrest: “I honestly feel like that the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do that I’ve put, kind of, on hold, because I love Idol so much … You have a lot of other responsibilities and you have a lot of other things that you do, and you have to pay attention to that too."

“I could keep just doing Idol for the rest of my life … But that would be giving up a bunch of other things, and I just … I don’t know. I feel like we had an amazing run,” Lopez, 42, said.

“I am thinking that maybe it’s time for me to go and do other things that I really love to do, like films, and right now I’m on tour and performing — all the things that I do."

On July 12, rocker Steven Tyler announced he was saying farewell to American Idol after just two seasons with TV’s top-rated program.

“After some long…hard…thoughts…I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress American Idol before she boils my rabbit,” the Aerosmith frontman said in a statement Thursday.

He continued, “I strayed from my first love, AEROSMITH, and I’m back – but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I’ve got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band. The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass – the ultimate in auditory takeover…On Nov. 6, we are unleashing our new album, Music from Another Dimension on the Earth, Moon, Mars, and way beyond the star.”

With Tyler out and Lopez out, that leaves the show’s third judge, Randy Jackson, who has yet to confirm whether or not he’ll be back for a 12th season next year. (Jackson has been with the show since 2002.)

A number of famous names have subsequently floated around as possible replacements. Among them: former contestant Adam Lambert; Miley Cyrus; and Katy Perry.

One thing is certain: Host Ryan Seacrest will be back in January, in part one of a two-year renewal deal.

Earlier this week, Celebuzz spoke to a number of TV experts about the future of American Idol, many of whom agreed the show is in need of a complete overhaul. Well, it looks like that’s definitely begun to happen!

Who should be a judge next season? Get in on the conversation and post your comments, below!

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  • johnny
    johnny

    Phyllis Diller should be the one.

 
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